If you have been involved in a car accident and are at-fault, there are some things you should be aware of to ensure you don’t get take advantage of. Just because you were at-fault does not mean you don’t have any rights.
The most common thing that happens, especially if the other party is going through their insurance, is that they will try to pump up the price of the repair, sometimes to the extent of thousands of dollars. You could also get hit with a bill for a replacement vehicle while their car is getting repaired.
What you need to make sure of is that the repair bill and the bill for the rental car are reasonable, along with any other cost they are trying to recover from you.
How do you do this?
By getting their car assessed.
This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to take your own photos of the damage right after the accident (see our guide for taking photos). You will have control over the evidence needed to prove what the extent of the damage really was. It’s going to be a lot harder to try to get photos from the other party and prove what really happened, especially once the repair has been done.
With the photos what you need to do is take them to a car assessor who will assess the situation and the true cost to repair the damage. Once you have this assessment, you are able to legally dispute the repair cost if it’s too high and get the price brought down to a reasonable level, or come to an agreement.
We at National Assessing and Quoting are here to help you get this process done. Along with offering car assessments, we can also help with the legal side should a dispute come about. Our legal team are experts in the field of motor vehicle claims and will help you to come to a reasonable agreement.